APA is the most commonly used referencing style at universities of applied sciences in the Netherlands. At NHL Stenden we also use the APA style when referring to sources.* The APA style was drawn up by the American Psychological Association.

APA is not only a format for writing papers, but also a way in which you can refer to sources. It provides guidelines for source citations, quotations, paraphrases and source list construction.  The library has developed, sometimes in collaboration with other libraries, several products and services that can help you apply APA.

  • APA quick guide (PDF) 
    In this quick guide you can easily find the most important rules. 
  • APA : The Guidelines explained 
    A free downloadable guide based on the seventh edition of the “Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association”.
  • Library guide
    Project APA7 has created a library guide on the APA guidelines and how to apply them. 
  • Knowledge Clips 
    Project APA7 has developed knowledge clips on the APA guidelines. The knowledge clips can be found in both Dutch and English on this page and are also available on YouTube and Presentation2Go (after logging in NHL Stenden search for APA and select filter 'none') 



For those still working with the sixth edition, it is a good idea to review this video with the most important 10 changes. 


  • Visit the library
    The information desk is open every day during opening hours to answer your APA-related questions.
  • Make an appointment
    Multiple questions or uncertainties? Make an appointment with your information specialist.
  • Join a workshop
    Register for the workshop: Referencing according to APA 
  • Or email us at library@nhlstenden.com 


More information

*In some courses IEEE is used. You can find more information about this reference style in the Toolbox Information skills.